45th President Donald J. Trump issued a statement on Truth Social demanding the evidence of the Secret Service “tapes” of him “supposedly choking a big and strong Secret Service Agent around the neck while in the Beast”.
Trump suggested the records would show that he did not lunge at a Secret Service agent and grab the steering wheel, which was asserted by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows, who testified last month before House Select Committee — who is allegedly investigating the events from the January 6, 2021 Capitol protest.
“I want the Secret Service tapes far more than the Unselect Committee of political Hacks and Thugs in that ridiculous and libelous story of me supposedly choking a big and strong Secret Service Agent around the neck while in the Beast (wrong car!) would be shown to be, as the Secret Service has already confirmed, Fake (and Fraudulent!),” Trump wrote on Truth Social Wednesday.
The head of the Secret Service detail has denied the account that Hutchinson gave and said they were willing to testify under oath to dispute her testimony over the incident.
Hutchinson also claimed without substantial evidence that Trump knew some of those in attendance at his rally at the Ellipse, before the protest, were armed and pushed for attendees to be allowed to bypass magnetometers to allow more people to attend.
She also asserted that Trump “threw his lunch against a wall” when then-Attorney General William Barr said in an interview in December 2020 that the Department of Justice found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. (Barr, however, did not provide any ample proof that his department conducted an investigation.)
“Likewise, there was no throwing of food, and I did not want to be surrounded by strangers ‘with guns’ during my ‘Peacefully & Patriotically’ speech. Fake News!” Trump said of Mark Meadows’ former aid’s claims.
Trump was referring to his speech on January 6 at the Ellipse where he told supporters: “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard”.
The January 6th Committee has omitted that part of his speech during their hearings, which clearly appears to undercut the Democrat’s narrative that he was calling for violence on January 6.
Mark Moore at the New York Post reported:
Trump posted the message after reports said the Secret Service turned over only one text to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general after it had asked for a month’s worth of communications surrounding the time of the Capitol riot,
The House select committee has subpoenaed the Secret Service for the texts as part of its examination of the events leading up to and including Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building in an attempt to disrupt Congress’ certification of the 2020 election results for Joe Biden.
The DHS’ watchdog said the Secret Service’s text messages had been deleted during a scheduled data migration involving agents’ phones.
President Trump’s statement on Truth Social:
Play it @January6thCmte.
PEACEFULLY and PATRIOTICALLY. pic.twitter.com/10WFVZ7Vt2
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 12, 2022